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good evening. on the 50th anniversary of the launching of the first mission to the moon another bit of history. members of the house of represent ifrs tonight passed a resolution condemning a president of the united states for racism. specifically president trump for his recent twitter attack on four non-white congresswomen. to refresh your memory. he told them to go to their home country. everyone though three are from this country and the four is a american citizen. like his wife is. 50 years ago the first human being set foot on another planet. and all of humanity. this. one giant leap for mankind. only four republicans broke rank
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and supported the resolution in the meantime whatever efforts most republicans or the white house are making to change the subject to pivot in washington speak, they're not getting much help from the president himself or from one of his key advisers kellyanne conway. those tweets were not racist he wrote. i don't have a racist bone in my body. the vote to be taken is a democrat democratic con game. he knows about con games but not clear how in touch with his body he is. a short time later the man without a racist bone in his body allegedly again told the four non-white congresswomen, three of whom born in america to leave. >> where should they go? >> it's up to them. where ever they want. or they can stay. they should love our country. they shouldn't hate our country. you look at what they said.
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i have clips here. the most vile, horrible statements about our country. about israel. and others. it's up to them. they can do what they want. they can leave, they can stay. they should love our country and work for the good of the country. >> two of the administrations three fall backs. president elsewhere called the women socialist or communist and you heard the other two love it or leave it. which has an ugly history. i'm not a racist but you are antisemitic. omar apologized earlier this year of israel wielding too much power in washington and suggesting jewish americans have dual loyalty. her exact words i want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it's okay for people to push for alean jens to a foreign country. that sapd the president has a long history of conflating criticism of israel with
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antisemitism and presuming after the tree of life massacre that the ambassador speaks for all jewish americans. if he is trying to make this about antisemi-tich. perhaps it's not a good idea for his adviser to have an exchange with a reporter named feinberg. >> what's your ethnicity? >> why is that relevant? >> i'm asking a question. my ancestors are ireland and italy. >> that's not relevant to the question. >> it is. he said originally. originally from. everything he said since. and to have a full conversation -- the president
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commented on that. the president already commented on that. and said a lot -- he put out tweets and made himself available to you yesterday. he has. he's tired. wer sick and tired of this country. of america coming last to people who swore an oath of office the the military being denigrated. and the border protection people i was with who are overwhelmingly hispanic by the way. >> kellyanne conway there asking a reporter his ethnicity. why she did that who knows. she tweeted quote this was meant with no disrespect. we are all from somewhere else originally. i asked the question to answer the question and volunteer my own ethnicity. like many i am proud. love the u.s. and grateful to
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god to be an american. all right. if anyone can tell me what she actually cleared up with that tweet, i would happily hear from you. she meant to disrespect. we're all from somewhere originally and says she asked the question to answer the question. i have no idea what that means. if you're looking for more clues to her intent, she said the four congresswomen of color represent a very dark element in this country. unquote. which she is sick of. also this morning on fox news she said something similar. >> we are tired, sick and tired of many people in the country. forget these four. they represent a dark under belly in the country of people who are not respecting our troops. are not giving them resources and respect they deserve. >> it's not just tleez four women of color. they represent a dark under belly. and she brought in somehow the
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troop ts and they're being disrespected and under funded by these four women and this dark under belly. has the president every told sanders, arguably a real socialist and occasional critic of the israel government. male and white. to go back where he came from? no, he hasn't. joining us now democratic congresswoman jackson lee. voted yes on the resolution tonight. condemning the comments. when the president says he doesn't have race is bone in hi body, i was wonder how anybody can say that. we have bites biases and things to work on. what do you make of what's going on? >> i'm hoping by the 240 person vote today that there's some sense of calmness and harmony.
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brought to the american people and to the united states congress. it was a bipartisan vote. and it rejects really the president's own interpretation of himself and the distortion that he's given to american value. and takes away the distraction he wants to put in play. i don't know whether he wants to call himself racist. or whether he has a racist bone. his words and many of us know, are they words can be inciting. and they can provoke war over peace. how do you say that a federal judge of hispanic background is a mexican and cannot be fair? how can you say that five boys vindicated in new york for a crime they didn't do are either still guilty or be part of a hanging crowd that puts a "new york times" add that says
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accide execute them. or talk about s hole countries. president has to look inward. that's why this resolution and the rez thati put in. 494. captures his words but it also captures the essence of the goodness of america. i don't know the definition of racism. but i know that your words that you have offered to the american people are racist. >> you said this was a bipartisan vote. the truth is only four of the republican colleagues supported it. >> i think we have four and one independent. that's a good number. because obviously, my good friends unfortunately rather than seeking to bring us together, they chose to walk in the drum beat of president trump. that's unfortunate.
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i will never give up on reaching out to have a better understanding that the nation should be promoted ore the wishes of the president. >> the word demagogue. it means somebody who uses other peoples prejudices or bias. for political purpose. it seems like whatever is in the president's head or heart, he is playing with very dangerous themes. very raw, dangerous themes. that have a terrible history in this country. and there's a real danger to this. then to categorize it as this dark element and don't want to support the military. and sending messages to the mill their that it's only the white house the republicans supporting them and funding them. does it worry you? these are deep waters. >> interestingly enough, as ifrs coming here i heard some commentary about the fear of an
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individual who said the next step is violence. we must not suffer violence. when i spoke on the floor today i indicated when my colleagues said why are we doing this? we could be voting on education bills or infrastructure. i say dr. king said why we can't wait. we can't wait to stifle out the violence. it is a concern. the reason is we know the era of germany in the 1930s and how the history suggest individuals who felt they were left out were provoked by those who want to use that for their own advantage. the president now has one distraction at the border where he thought immigration was going to be the selling ticket for victory in 2020. he sees the american people appalled at how children are being treated. and he is not anymore successful in that narrative as he was with the border wall. what else does he do? he begins to characterize four
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very fine women. members of congress. who i believe love the country because they have backgrounds that suggest this country is a place they can work with and make things better. how would he characterize them as hating the military is absurd. it's a distraction and a narrative the same he use td for the birther movement for president obama. it has to be good people have to stand up. and though dr. king is no longer with us and other peacemakers. it is our responsibility and that's why we took the vote. 240 members of congress i wish there were more on the other side of the aisle. we made statement on behalf of the american people. >> i appreciate your time. thank you. >> coming up next a live report on how this played out behind the scenes. on the floor. later my considerativersation wn from the impeachment commercials.
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that's verizon. talk about the vote to condemn the president for racist tweets. we were interested in how many if any republicans would vote for it. in the end, four it. two from swing states. one from red states. one african american. a former republican voting yes. how some republican women voters see this. first we're joined from the capitol. four republicans voted for the resolution. is it a surprise it was that small or surprise four did? >> over the course we saw sa scattered number of republicans rebuke the president. asking to pull back the tweet. that shifted today. this morpg the president tweeting at republicans should line up against the resolution. house republican leadership
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showing a united front behind the president and house republican leader made clear to the rank and file they should support the president. they called the resolution a distraction. saying it was a personal attack on the president. in what we saw over the day is what we have seen over the course of the last two and a half years. when issues become partisan. republican vs. democrats. republicans line up against president. i was told five at most maybe three. it ended up with four. and one independent. the reality is regardless of the tweets the public comments or doubling down. the republican party is the party of trump. and republicans will line up behind him just about every time. >> we have seen that over and over. thank you. many questions asked over the past few days. one has been what's all this mean for the republican party? two conservatives. former chief of staff. kp communication director for texas republican senator ted cruz. what does it say four
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republicans voted to condemn the president? >> i think it says most of them didn't. and they saw what kevin said today. this is about politics. the house democrats want to condemn some that i thinks they think are racism and not other things in their own caucus. this is partisan place we are. the democratic party is essentially the we don't like who trump as a person is party. they want control of the house. they have no real agenda. the candidate try to talk about policy. here comes the squad and nancy pelosi to bring us right back to hate on trump every day. that is what's filtering to the american people. what is says to republicans that this is politics and the country doesn't care. >> is that what it says? >> it says something different. i understand washington. i have worked there and politics work and everybody holds hands
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and jumps together on tough votes. what about normal people. i know if i were in a supermarket or the playground and somebody came dm and pointed a the a minority and said get out and go back to your country. i know where i would stand. it wouldn't be with the person who said that horrible thing. saying it's time to leave, sir. we can't tell the president to leave. i understand that. the resolution won't make him leave. the only that i think that will make him change is threatened by political power. the republicans have lined up behind him. it's really hard to watch. a lot of people turn into monsters. defending this guy. it's fine for the democrats with the resolution. it won't do anything. any time he says a horrible racist thing, there should be a nationwide for every person to commit to register ten new
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voters. that's the only way to tame him. and discipline the people who fall in line. >> mike, you said republicans interpret this as all about politics. kellyanne conway is saying there's a dark element. it's widespread. not just this four and they hate the troops and don't support the troops. isn't that just pure politics? there's no -- i don't know where she is pivoting to this. >> look, let me be clear. i don't think the president should have tweeted what he tweeted. it's wrong. it's not the right thipg to do. %-pe the country he's trying to cast it as that. kellyanne conway was trying to get to that conversation. there's a cultural conversation. people kneeling during the national anthem. conservatives think america is great and could be better.
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and people on the left think america is bad. michelle obama said the first time i have been proud of my country is when president obama got elected. there's people that believe that. that's a culture clash. that's the conversation the president is trying to have. the squad is playing into it. they want to have the conversation as well. that's the political conversation going on. >> it's hard to watch every day now because of donald trump we're debating whether he's racist. it's clear. he is. when we're talking about the country, that's fine. i won't debate you on it. i know what he says. i know how he acts. i know when i go into a parking lot and very red places in america and stlst a trump sticker on the back of the truck, and a minority walks by and sees it and steps back. this is the connotation trump has in america. if you want to talk about the
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trickle down effect and the culture war. people are scared. there's no debating whether he's racist. they don't care what you think. they know what they know. i know what i know. i know where i stand if someone in regular life said the things he says. it would never be with him. >> somebody who you work for the republican party. this is something you devote your life to. do you believe trump is a demagogue? he is basically whether he believes this stuff or not. whatever is in his head or heart. he is using people's biases or deep held prejudice or fear, and playing on that to maintain power? that is the definition of a demagogue. >> two things. first of all the president regardless of your race or background loves you if you agree with him. and doesn't like if you don't agree with him. >> he does seem to be able to go
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after people with color with a particular enthusiasm. it's calling african american football players sons of pitches and people in nigeria live in huts and have aids. he has a particular zest for going after people he perceives as different and weaker in some way. >> yet people of color that are supporters that he holds up and praises and talks about. >> yeah. plenty of people that support him. >> what matters to him is -- obama was a demagogue. nancy pelosi is a demagogue. and where we are in the polarized politics we're in the country is leading us to a place where this is the rhetoric. both sides are playing into it. we saw today the house floor voting on this is a demagoguic thing too.
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what's going at the house and is not the only part of the story. the house vote condemning president's tweets. we're curious whether the base was still behind him particularly female supporters. did any object to his racist atake on the four female lawmakers or is it politics? we spoke with some of them in dallas. >> how many of you don't think what the president said was racist? raise your hand. >> reporter: the eight republican women from dallas don't see anything wrong with president trump telling four democratic congresswomen to go back where they came from.
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>> he said if they hate america so much because what we're seeing and hearing from them, they hate america. if it's so bad, there's a lot of places they can go. >> i'm a brown skinned woman. i am a legal immigrant. i agree with him. >> it's not racist to say? >> not at all. >> no. >> it's a demonstration of how their ideology spills over. everyone though they're american now. they're not acting american. >> i'm glad the president said what he said. all they're doing is they're inciting hatred and division. that's not what this country is about. it's not about that at all. >> isn't that the president does with his own comments? his racist comments? >> he didn't say anything about color. >> he loves people from hispanic to black people. >> let me share the definition. a belief that race is the
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primary determining of human traits and capacity. and racial differences inherit a sue superiority. >> he dated a black woman. two of his wives are immigrants. >> the first black billionaire is endorsing trump. >> these congressmen who ran for congress. ran for office because they love this country. you're saying that's a lie. >> yes. >> they hate this country. >> they're very manipulative. to accuse. and instead of the truth. >> it's a tactic. >> when you say don't you think it's racist? you're accusing him. >> i'm not accusing. i'm asking you what -- >> okay. it's irrelevant.
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it has nothing to do with the real issue. >> whatever -- >> why do you keep bringing it up? >> is it a coincidence none of them are white? >> they're going after him. >> i don't think it matters. it's idiotic what they're saying. it doesn't matter if they're white, man, woman. brown or yellow. >> how come they're not racist? they haven't befriended white colleagues. and let her join. they don't like white people. come on. they're racist. >> how many are still voting for trump? >> absolutely. >> wow. perspective from "new york times" white house correspondent and david. first of all i don't know how the last lady knows who they are
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friend with. and not friends with. the idea they have no white friends seems odd to me she would project that onto them. the president going out of his way to make the four liberal progressive congresswomen in the face of the democratic party clearly become the face of the democratic party, that strategy if that is part of the strategy or part of the add on effect of his going after them. it seems to be having success with the women in the room. >> no doubt about that. we should mention this is a tried and true tactic from previous presidents of both parties to take in terms of trying to create boogy men or women. teddy kennedy and clinton. or newt gingrich. it was all policy based.
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ideology cal differences. that's what the scare tactic was if you will for political current si. what trump is doing that is different here is he's doing it all as those tweets indicated based on race and gender. and religion. not about policy. he's trying to correct that in the days after or his team is trying to spin that. that tweet what he was doing there was not based on policy. that made this as you said if this really was political strategy. different. >> this isn't really any different than when irish immigrants were here fleeing the ma famine and weren't allowed into restaurants and weren't given jobs. told to go home. then italians came. and they were cast and told to go back home. and they weren't loyal catholics. my dad grew up thinking that a
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catholic in his neighborhood had a secret tunnel in their backyard to the vatican. to convene and have secret instructions from the pope. we have a history of otherizing people. that's what the president is playing on. >> this president grew up in a certain moment in time in new york city. where all politics were triable. and race based and almost every politician in new york city in the 70s used race. and it worked. that's where trump learned what he knows about politics. it's not a defense but any stretch of the imagination. it's a tactic. it's not a strategy. that implies he has a plan. he stumbles into this after he reacts and find a way for them to be good for him. there's a long history of othering in this country. three of the women were born here. one was not. telling three women -- i have to come back@reality of him trying to say he wasn't saying that.
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we have heard trump and his aids say for four years when he says something that is controversial. he wasn't really saying what the media said. he's clearly saying he repeated it. and then tried to turn it into socialism. the difference is the president of the united states saying this this way. i don't really recall anything certainly not since world war ii of a president of the united states saying go back to your country. >> when you're in a bar and some drunk person is yelling at somebody else saying go back to where you came from, you can address that person. you can walk abay. you can throw your hands up and say this is a drunk idiot. somebody yells down the window and screams at somebody on the street go back to where you came from. this is the president of the united states. it's so depressing we're sitting here actually politely discussing the president of the
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united states telling americans naturalized or in the majority of the case of the four, actual born here native born americans. naturalized americans are just as american. telling them to go home. it's depressing. whatever it is. it's a really really depressing time. >> i agree. it is. and it's so important that while we are politely discussing this we separate out the president's behavior has nothing -- it's not partisan. it's not politics. that racism deserves its own attention. and he's not in a bar. of course that shouldn't surprise us. donald trump hasn't treated the office of the presidency as some place to behave differently than he did as a private citizen. never. that's not the case. he's taken how he's behaved as a private citizen into the office
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seeing no reason it shouldn't exist in that context as well. to insert what he's doing into the typical back and forth cable news partisan lend. i think misses the point of this moment entirely. >> this goes much deeper. these are fault lines in america and history that are dangerous it pry open deeper and deeper. for kellyanne conway who campaigned against him before she was with him. to say they're against the military. they don't support the military. again, it's really depressing. thank you. just ahead my one on one with tom steyer. the billionaire running for president. his reaction to the racist remarks and why he thinks he's the one to beat donald trump. se. what is that? that's a blazer? that's a chevy blazer? aww, this is dope. this thing is beautiful. i love the lights. oh man, it's got a mean face on it. it looks like a piece of candy. look at the interior. this is nice.
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the latest candidate to enter the race for the democratic nomination is tom steyer. a billionaire one time hedge fund. and his focus is bigger than that. we began the discussion with the racest remarks from sunday. >> first of all, these new tweets from the president. i hate to start with this. you see them as racist? do they surprise you? >> they're obviously racist. he's obviously going after some
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of the most progressive, important leaders in the democratic party. this is what the president does. he creates a fuss and creates a confrontation. and in effect has a big circus going so people don't pay attention to his failed policy. that's what he does. he gets attention to get away from what actually matters to him and his bluster and his racism. >> do you feel like you know how to run against him? have you gone against people like this in your life? >> of course i have. >> there was 16 republicans in 2016. who thought they nknew how and didn't. >> donald trump is failed businessman. he has a path of bankrupt casinos and bankrupt businesses that he left. he's following the exact same strategy in the united states of america. for 27 years. i was in the private sector very successfully. building a very small business into a large investment
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business. >> do you go tweet for tweet? ignore? what -- >> the right thing. two things. one is it can't be about him. the question for the american people is what is the vision of what we can do together going forward. what do we need to do to get this country back on track. we have a broken government. it corrupted by corporate cash. how do we return power to the people. by and for the people. that's the question in front of us. >> so far, the question that has brought you into most peeps consciousness is the impeachment question. which is what you put money into. you're saying you're running on more than just getting rid of trump? >> absolutely. the question for the american people is not donald trump. the question for the people is what do we do to get the country back on track to retake our government? for the last ten years, what i have been doing as an outsider
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and trying to bet power wac to the people directly in every way i can. i have run prochgpositions acro the united states. go around the legislate dhur and to the people and have a vote. i started the biggest grass roots organization in the united states. this is about an outsider taking on and breaking the corporate strangle hold on government. that's the question in america. >> that's how trump positioned himself. that was his he was the outsider and going to drain the swamp. on the tweets, does it work? there's a lot of people who sitting in a bar might say these people should get out of the america if they don't like it. they're not from here. he is echoing something that's out there. >> he wants to frame this election in to what he wants. what's really important for the american people is something
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completely different. if you listen to the democrats. you have a series of policies all important. healthcare policy. which green new deal. and the real question is we have a broken government. we can't deal with the basics of what's going on. the question is how do we break that? >> you talk about the government. just being elected president which is obviously a big step. that doesn't unbreak a government. >> we need to go to the people in the election. this will be a huge turn out. a generational change election. the question is what is the vision we'll organize around. the vision has to be in my opinion only two things. we need to break the corporate control of the government. and we need to deal with climate change on day one. >> are you the person to do this. when you talk about generational trend. no disrespect. you're not the youngest person in the race. you're not the oldest.
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certainly. but the criticism is sanders and biden. you haven't been in the rough and tumble in this way. a major funder of democrats over ten years. >> i respectfully disagree. for ten years i have been taking on corporations and winning. >> sanders said -- i'm a bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power. warren said the same thing. how do you respond? is a billionaire what america needs? >> the real question is who is going to connect with the americans and who can do what i'm talking about. break this corporate hold. if you look at the four people at the top in the polls. they're senators or former senators. they have been there for combined over 70 years. so the real question if you want realize this is the point that
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to get a healthcare plan. to get a green new deal or anything we want. we'll have to break this corporate strang hold. how old grow with an outsider doing it successfully head to head with corporations from washington. >> if you enter the race and run a tough race, you don't get the nomination. are you pledging to support whoever the democratic nominee is? >> absolutely. >> with your time and -- >> we're the bigs grass roots organization in the united states. we were on 400 college campuses. we knocked on tens of millions of doors. i have told the people in the organization. full speed ahead. we'll do that. there's no question here this is an emergency. one of the big differences. we're in an emergency. that's why i'm running. we have simple things to do. we have to name them and go
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after them and do them. so when someone says why are you running? i have four kids. i felt like i cannot sleep unless we deal with this. the other thing that's true is, if we solve those things, we are in a great position as a country. we can do all the things we want. we can get healthcare for everyone, we can get quality public education. from with skills training. we can guarantee clean air and water as a right for everybody. a living wage for every american. we're the very rich. people keep acting like we're broke. we can't afford to do anything. we're a failed society. that's wrong. we can put ourself by doing those two things in the best position of any people in the history of the world. >> do you pledge to if you don't get the nomination to not run as a third party? >> absolutely not. i'm a democrat. i would never do that. >> you would not run.
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>> no chance. no. i would never do that. i'm a democrat. >> appreciate your time. >> what a treat. >> the interview ran longer than that. you can see it online. sad news to report at cnn. we have sad news to report breaking news. retired supreme court justice john paul stevens has died. we'll look at his legacy when we come back. i can't believe it. that karl brought his karaoke machine? ♪ ain't nothing but a heartache... ♪ no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. ♪ i never wanna hear you say... ♪ no, kevin... no, kevin! believe it! geico could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. geico could save you fifteen percent
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there's breaking news and it is sad news, retired supreme court justice john paul stevens has died following a stroke in ft. lauderdale, florida. he was 99 years old. i want to check in quickly with chris, no doubt he'll be covering this as well. >> it's hard to argue with a 99 year life. as a reflection of a time gone past for the supreme court, frankly, we are in a hyper partisan period. can you believe that only four members of the republican congress would openly condemn what this president said as racist. i got to tell you i'm a little surprised.
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>> really? >> i believe this is bigger than politics. there is no other way to look at what he said. everybody knows what it's about, especially this president, but we are where we are and we'll show you in the numbers why the republicans are so afraid to acknowledge what everybody knows to be true. >> we'll be looking at that in about six minutes from now. john paul stevens was a true voice of moderation and a champion of the law. pamela brown has a look back at a remarkable life and career. >> reporter: john paul stevens was a conservative republican when president gerald ford nominated to the supreme court in 1975, but he stepped down more than three decades later as a leader of the liberal side of the bench, arguing the court changed, not his judicial philosophy. >> it has moved dramatically, that's right. and i guess a radical word may well apply. >> reporter: stevens grew up in
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his family's chicago hotel and world war ii he analyzed radio signals for the navy before becoming a lawyer, judge, and supreme court justice. he retired at 90 years old, replaced by president obama appointee elena kagan. >> he's probably one of the least known justices publicly. and it's ironic, because he's had a huge impact on society. >> reporter: stevens voted in favor of abortion rights, affirmative action and gay rights. long before it became main stream. >> when i was clerking for him, the supreme court issued an opinion that said it was okay to have penalties. 17 years later, the supreme court reserved that opinion and said justice stevens was right in his dissent in that case. >> near the end of his tenure in 2008, he strongly opposed the death penalty.
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>> i firmly believe it's unwise policy, but i think it's a more difficult question as to whether it's a constitutionally permissible punishment. >> reporter: when his view did not carry the day, he crafted powerful dissents. citizens united, a lark 2009 campaign finance case, the majority ruled the government could not ban political spending by corporations. in his dissent, he accused the majority of rejecting the common sense of the american people. he also didn't mince words about the 2000 decision that cleared the way for george w. bush's presidency, writing, quote, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. and as the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law. >> what are some of the other areas where the court ruled in a way you wish it hadn't? >> do we have just an hour? >> reporter: stevens also disagreed with his liberal colleagues when the court ruled burning an american flag was
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considered protected free speech. he said, quote, sanctioning the public desecration of the flag will tarnish its value both for those who cherish the ideas for which it waves and those who desire to don the robes of martyrdom by burning it. >> i don't think anybody who heard him read that dissent, the passion with which he looked at the flag, could think about the flag the same way. whatever you thought about the legal issue. >> reporter: on the bench he was known as a soft-spoken midwesterner with a searing intellect. >> extreme gentlemanliness with one of the most acute minds that's ever sat on the court. >> he retired in 2010 receiving a presidential medal of freedom two years later and in 2018, after a school shooting in florida, he pinned an op-ed calling for the repeal of the second amendment. he was 97 years old at the time. but john paul stevens' mind and his words were still razor sharp.
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>> joining us now by phone, joan biskupic. you know the history of the court, let's talk about john paul stevens, his legacy. >> you know, anderson, just what pam said right now about how razor sharp he was, i just talked to him about a month ago. he had just finished his latest book, and he still wanted to be so much a part of the dialogue in america. and i think one thing he did was offer exhibit a to the kind of promise that chief justice john roberts has said, there are no such thing as obama judges or trump judges because -- gerald ford in 1975, and he certainly couldn't have been predicted as someone who voted along the republican party lines.
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he offered such a moderate to liberal-leaning view at the end of his life. he wanted to ensure greater protections for free speech, although he really fought free speech -- he really fought the conservative effort to lift regulation of campaign finance. he continued to argue for gun rights. he opposed the supreme court's ruling, broadening the ability to have gun ownership, rather than regulation. across the board, more than 30 years influencing all areas of american life. >> just an extraordinary legacy. again, the third-longest-serving supreme court justice. joan biskupic, appreciate it. chris will have more on the life and legacy of justice stevens, the news continues. i want to hand it over to chris for "cuomo prime time." >> welcome to "prime time." even condemning racism is a
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partisan issue these days. only four republicans agreed with what democrats and common sense made clear, that trump's words about the lawmakers he targeted were racist and wrong. only four out of 197 republicans. why? we'll show you why in the poll numbers. how does a republican rationalize seeing something so wrong as right. how about the man who was almost our immigration czar. let's test his argument. as for the dems, was condemning the comments enough? why not censure the president? are the democrats playing it too safe? we have two democrats to debate the way forward. and mark sanford learned the hard way what happens when you go against donald j. trump. he's considering a run against him. wait until you hear why. what do you say? let's get after it.